Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles

Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Pretty Shetland Yarn

This is from a lovely little yearling ewe. She's spotted; fading to musket-ish colors. Because she's spotted, some skeins are lighter, some darker, revealing the distinction of moorit-ish spots. (Pictured is a sampling of her yarn.) Below is a picture of her neck wool, unwashed. I spun her wool in the grease, just for fun. Shetland wool has a low grease content, so if the fleece is relatively clean, spinning before any washing is certainly possible, like here. She lives outside 24/7 on drylot with some summer pasture rotation, never jacketed. Her sire's fleece has been a favorite of customers!
Happy wintering everyone!

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